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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
Better Access to Alternative Care
By Editorial Staff
Dr. James Gordon, chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, stated at a December 5 press conference1 in Washington, D.C., that the commission plans to recommend to Congress in its interim report on July 2001 that CAM therapies become more integrated in mainstream health care.
"The experience of these people and other testimony we have heard convinces us that improvements in the provision of CAM therapies are crucial," said Dr.Gordon.
Dr. Gordon also suggested that reimbursement for CAM services become a benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. "If these government agencies began reimbursing for these services, other third-party payers would follow suit."
Established by President Clinton in March 2000, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy functions to "provide a report, through the Secretary, to the President on legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits to Americans of complementary and alternative medicine."
Michigan HMO Offers Massage, Other CAM Services to Members
Care Choices HMO, a subsidiary of Trinity Health - Michigan, has signed an agreement with Landmark Healthcare, Inc., a nationwide complementary alternative health care provider, to provide Care Choices HMO members with a full range of alternative health care services.
Under the guidelines of the agreement, Care Choice HMO members have full access to massage therapy, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling at discounted rates.
Commenting on the new program, Care Choices HMO's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Baker, enthused: "Our decision to work with Landmark to establish a complementary wellness program provides our members with access to a full range of alternative healthcare services that meet growing consumer needs."
Members can choose practitioners from the HMO's "Natural Options Provider Directory" and present their ID card when arriving for treatment. Landmark is managing the provider directories for the massage therapy, chiropractic and registered dietician networks. For more information, contact Landmark's website at www.landmarkhealthcare.com.
Northwestern Health Sciences University Adds Massage Program
Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota is now offering a 760-hour massage therapy program. The program, consisting of five 15-week academic terms, includes more than 350 hours of hands-on lab and clinical experience at seven public clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
"Professional massage represents an important niche in the health care field," commented Mike Skoglund,MA, associate dean of Northwestern's College of Arts and director of the massage therapy program. "The massage therapy program at Northwestern is dedicated to advancing the public's perception of massage therapy and increasing public acceptance of massage therapy as an important health care option."
The university also offers programs in chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, and integrated health and wellness.
NIH Announces New Centers for Dietary Supplement Research
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and the University of Arizona at Tucson will be the sites for Centers for Dietary Supplement and Research with an emphasis on botanicals.
The awards were granted by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), in collaboration with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - two arms of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - bringing the total to four NIH-supported centers studying the health effects of botanicals. In 1999, dietary supplement research centers were funded at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Purdue Center for Dietary Supplement Research on Botanicals will study the health effects of polyphenols, a group of chemical components common to such foods as soy, grapes and green tea. The University of Arizona Center will focus on the healing properties of ginger, turmeric and boswellia.
"These competitive awards of approximately $1.5 million each per year for five years were made as a result of efforts by Congress to explore more fully the potential role of botanical dietary supplements," noted Paul Coates,PhD, director of the ODS.
Stephen Strauss,MD, director of NCCAM, added, "These centers will critically evaluate various botanicals presently in use, and provide valid information to aid the American public in making informed decisions."
Foot Levelers Expands Continuing Education Seminars to Include Massage Therapists
Foot Levelers, Inc., a provider of flexible orthotics, continuing education seminars, and other health care services to the chiropractic profession since 1952, has expanded its continuing education program to include massage therapists.
Scheduled seminars will focus on evaluation of the lower extremities, myofascial therapy, and practical skills to manage stress, reduce physical and mental pain, and increase overall energy.
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